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Best Foreign Film Nominee – Fantastic Woman

January 24, 2018 | By
Best Foreign Film Nominee – <em>Fantastic Woman</em>

              From the producers of Jackie and Spotlight, comes A Fantastic Woman, the fifth film from Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio. The much lauded movie was an official selection for the 2017 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals. The director is mostly noted for his fourth feature film, Gloria, which previously represented Chile at the... »

IT – You’ll Float Too

January 19, 2018 | By
<em>IT</em> – You’ll Float Too

Bill Skarsgård and Jackson Robert Scott in It (2017) Based on the famous 1986 Stephen King novel, New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), focuses on seven young outcasts called the “the Losers’ Club” who share similar sensibilities. Each of them has been isolated growing up, surrounded by the terror... »

Academy Award Nominee: Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Creates Visual Dissonance In Darkest Hour

January 15, 2018 | By
Academy Award Nominee: Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Creates Visual Dissonance In <em>Darkest Hour</em>

Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s high contrast lighting and fast paced camera movement propel the story of Darkest Hour, illustrating an in depth study of Winston Churchill’s personality and character during the precarious weeks leading up to the Dunkirk evacuation during WWII. This was Delbonnel’s first time working with director Joe Wright. Wright sent the script... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

February 19, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

The best compliment you can pay to visual effects artists is to not even notice their work. Of course, we all know that the Millennium Falcon isn’t real, but the vicious bear in The Revenant just might be. That’s the reason the Visual Effects Society makes the distinction between “outstanding visual effects” and “outstanding... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

February 18, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

Cartoons – going back to the era of a whistling Mickey in Steamboat Willie – have seemed fundamental to the whole idea of movies that captured the collective consciousness in the 20th century. So much so, that you might assume that the Oscars, going back to their founding in the late 1920’s, have had a... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Hair and Makeup Artists

February 17, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Hair and Makeup Artists

Often, the specific release date of a feature film is the result of many factors: the length of a film’s production and, more importantly, postproduction schedule, the studio’s internal marketing strategy and external factors including weather complications, performer injuries, the availability of locations, and other aspects. As such, in any one year, a list... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

February 16, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

The Academy Awards honors two categories in sound that may seem confounding but there’s a simple distinction between the awards. Sound editing references all the sound elements created for a film besides its music – the sound effects, foley, dialogue, or ADR – an example, the lightsaber in Star Wars or you can look... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Production Designers

February 12, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Production Designers

A Martian landscape. The desolate desert in a post-apocalyptic world. Cold War Berlin. The forbidding frontier wilderness of 1820s America. Atmospheric Copenhagen in the 1920s. These are the tactile and tangible worlds created by this year’s Oscar-nominated production designers: Arthur Max for The Martian, Colin Gibson for Mad Mad: Fury Road,... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

February 11, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded the same year The Jazz Singer was released and recognized the first achievement in sound during its third awards show. Douglas Shearer for The Big House (1929-1930). Eighty-five galas later, five prestigious films fill the best sound mixing category as nominees – Bridge of... »

For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

February 10, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

The 2015 Oscar nominations for the art and craft of editing spanned a variety of genres, from big action films Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, to performance-driven dramas The Revenant and Spotlight, and the multiple-story line comedy The Big Short. Judging the editing in such a... »

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